Three new collections are due for imminent release.

The Purbeck Way and Embarrassments Of Richard's are solo albums.

"The Purbeck Way is really a 'best of' and Embarrassments Of Richard's is a more extensive survey of the catalogue," says Rex. "There are new songs, and familiar tunes have been given fresh treatment. Nothing has been heard in this form before."

The Rolling Audio Tapes is a recording of The Royal We, a four-piece formed by Rex to perform his songs live in Hexham in June.

Barring last minute hitches, all three sets are expected to appear before the end of October. Watch this space for more details.

Here's a sneak preview; one of the tracks from The Purbeck Way...